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Opening Reception: MVS Studio Program and MVS Curatorial Studies Program Graduating Exhibitions

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 5pm–7pm
Opening remarks at 5:30pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Celebrate the opening of the 2022 MVS Studio Program and the MVS Curatorial Studies Program Graduating Exhibitions! Join us at the opening reception for welcoming remarks, student presentations, an awards ceremony; and be the first to see the students’ graduating exhibitions:

A Guide for the Afflicted and Defiant is an interdisciplinary project that gathers a group of visual artists, dancers, journalists, designers, circus performers, and civil rights organizations from Colombia to address local crises and reimagines the boundaries that divide intimate and public spaces.

A scaffold with, against features artworks by Jasmina Cibic, Caroline Monnet, and Pejvak that take as their material the forms that prop up constructions of the future, inviting us to question our capacities and agencies to imagine other futurities.

The aleatory object is a speculative proposition for the embrace of uncertainty in curating and exhibition making. Originating in an encounter with a psychoanalyst’s collection, the project makes visible a curatorial process that is critically oriented toward the unknown.

Homo on the Range is an exhibition prompted by the childhood lawn. Explored through artworks staged in a theatrical mise-en-scène, queer ethics reveals the dialectic of desire and violence inherent in contemporary constructions of home.

The 2022 MVS Studio Program Graduating Exhibition features new works by Arezu Salamzadeh, Kevin Schmidt, Anran Guo, and Jeremy Laing. The new works demonstrate a capacious invocation of craft, utilizing techniques that critique the historical present and imagine worlds otherwise.

The exhibitions are produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Visual Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

Title and Page Image: Jeremy Laing, Infinite Sample Set (detail, in progress), 2020-ongoing.

Photograph of colourful materials hung on X-stands


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